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GTECH 361. Introduction to GIScience. Contact Information. Instructor: Jochen Albrecht Office: Hunter N1030 Office hours: We, Th 2-3 PM E-Mail: jochen@hunter.cuny.edu Phone: (212) 772-5221 TA: Pyung Ho Kim E-Mail: phkim@hunter.cuny.edu. Course Overview.

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Gtech 361

GTECH 361

Introduction toGIScience


Contact information
Contact Information

Instructor: Jochen Albrecht

Office: Hunter N1030

Office hours: We, Th 2-3 PM

E-Mail: jochen@hunter.cuny.edu

Phone: (212) 772-5221

TA: Pyung Ho Kim

E-Mail: phkim@hunter.cuny.edu


Course overview
Course Overview

  • GIScience is a lofty goal for this course

  • Principles/fundamentals of GIS is a more realistic goal

    • Theory and practice

    • GIS as a process

    • Becoming a well-versed user of any GIS


Relationship to gtech 201
Relationship to GTECH 201

  • Revision of course contents of undergraduate offerings

  • One-time slight overlap with Fall 04 GTECH 201

  • New software (ArcGIS 9)


Texts
Texts

  • Required: none

  • Recommended (choice of)

    • Burke et al 2004. Getting to Know ArcGIS Desktop (updated for ArcGIS 9). ESRI Press (but a lot cheaper from Amazon).

    • Burrough, P and R McDonnell 1998. Principles of GIS. Oxford: Oxford University Press .

    • deMers, Michael 2004. Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems. New York: Wiley.

    • Worboys, M and M Duckham 2004. GIS: a computing perspective. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.


Policies
Policies

  • Attendance

  • Plagiarism

  • Special accommodations

  • Lab policies

  • Assignments


Criteria for evaluation
Criteria for Evaluation

  • 10 Quizzes 20%

  • 14 Lab exercises 50%

  • Midterm exam 15%

  • Final exam 15%

  • Hunter undergraduate grading scheme according to percentage of points accumulated over the semester.


Schedule
Schedule

Class # Date Topic

1 01/28 GIScience and GIStudies

2 02/01 Storing geographic information

L1 02/04 Lab 1: Getting started with ArcGIS

3 02/08 Geographic data sources

L2 02/15 Lab 2: Creating map symbology

4 02/18 Cartographic communication and geospatial visualization

L3 02/22 Lab 3: Referencing data to real locations

5 02/25 Datums, projections, and coordinate systems

L4 03/01 Lab 4: Organizing geographic data

6 03/04 Basic spatial queries

L5 03/08 Lab 5: Creating and editing data

7 03/11 Secondary data

L6 03/15 Lab 6: Exploring the geodatabases model

8 03/18 Midterm Exam


Schedule1
Schedule

Class # Date Topic

L7 03/22 Lab 7: Creating a geodatabases

9 03/24 Advanced spatial queries

L8 04/01 Lab 8: Creating and editing features in a geodatabases

10 04/05 The third dimension

L9 04/08 Lab 9: Adding behavior to a geodatabase

11 04/12 Raster GIS and map algeba

L10 04/15 Lab 10: Getting started with GIS analysis

12 04/19 Spatial statistics and data quality

L11 04/22 Lab 11: Geoprocessing and Modeling

13 05/03 GIS and society: social, legal, economic and organizational aspects

L12 05/06 Lab 12: Designing maps with ArcGIS

14 05/10 Review and final exam preparation

L13 05/13 Lab 13: Working with Labels

L14 05/17 Lab 14: Working with Annotation

05/19 - 05/22 Final (online) Exam


Course web site
Course Web Site

  • www.geo.hunter.cuny.edu/~jochen/GTECH361

  • Lecture PowerPoint slides

  • Lab exercise instructions

  • Lab exercise datasets


Giscience vs gistudies
GIScience vs. GIStudies

  • GISystems (GIS)

    • Emphasis on technology and tools

  • GIScience (GISci)

    • Fundamental issues raised by the use of GIS and related technologies (e.g.)

      • Spatial analysis

      • Map projections

  • GIStudies (GISt)

    • Systematic study of the use of geographic information

  • Accuracy

  • Scientific visualization


Gis as an approach to science
GIS as an Approach to Science

  • Geographic Information Science is research both on and with GIS.

    “the generic issues that surround the use of GIS technology, impede its successful implementation, or emerge from an understanding of its potential capabilities.” (Goodchild, 1992)


The Science Behind

  • In the U.S.: geography, UCGIS

  • to GIS as statistics is to the statistical packages

  • The science behind the systems

  • Fundamental issues arising from use

  • The science that is done with the technology

  • Systematic study of geographic information using scientific methods


A New Discipline

  • Symptoms of a science

    • journals, terms, books, conferences, departments, heroes, cultural artifacts

    • grand challenges

  • What would we say to Albert Einstein or Stephen Hawking?

    • “As young man, my fondest dream was to become a geographer. However, while working in the customs office I thought deeply about the matter and concluded that it was far too difficult a subject. With some reluctance, I then turned to physics as a substitute.”


Contributing disciplines
Contributing Disciplines

  • Geography

  • Remote Sensing

  • Surveying

  • Statistics

  • Computer Science

  • Information Science

  • Cartography

  • Photogrammetry

  • Geodesy

  • Operations Research

  • Mathematics

  • Management Science


Major journals magazines
Major Journals/Magazines

  • International Journal of Geographical Information Science

  • Cartography and Geographic Information Science

  • Geographical Systems

  • Transactions in GIS

  • Geo Info Systems

  • GEOWorld (formerly GISWorld)


Specialty journals
Specialty Journals

  • Business Geographics

  • GIS Law

  • Mapping Awareness

  • GrassClippings

  • Arc User

  • Intergraph News

  • GIS Asia/Pacific

  • GIS World Report/CANADA

  • GIS Europe


Regular gisci scholarly papers
Regular GISci Scholarly Papers

  • Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing

  • Annals of the Association of American Geographers

  • Cartographica

  • Computers, Environment, and Urban Systems

  • Computers and Geosciences

  • IEEE Transactions on Computer Graphics and Applications


Occasional gisci scholarly papers
Occasional GISci Scholarly Papers

  • International Journal of Remote Sensing

  • Landscape Ecology

  • Cartographic Perspectives

  • Cartographica

  • Journal of Cartography

  • Geocarto International

  • IEEE Geosciences

  • Remote Sensing Review

  • Mapping Science and Remote Sensing

  • Infoworld


Professional organizations
Professional Organizations

  • AAG: The Association of American Geographers.

  • GITA: Geospatial Information & Technology Assoc. (formerly AM/FM)

  • URISA: Urban and Regional InformationSystems Association.

  • ACSM: American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.

  • ASPRS: American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.

  • UCGIS: University Consortium for Geographic Information Science


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